I've recently learned a lot about the way the City of San Francisco does business.
They sign contracts with for-profit and nonprofit companies for a lot of important work. But for the past six years those two groups have not been treated equally at the negotiating table.
For its for-profit contractors, the City accepted the fact that cost increases were just part of doing business. But they would not consider bids from nonprofits that included even the smallest increases to cover the cost of doing business in San Francisco.
All the while, nonprofits were struggling to make ends meet amidst skyrocketing costs. For years, the City deliberately underfunded contracts with nonprofit partners, essentially strip mining the idealism of these dedicated service providers and driving some to the brink of closing their doors.
But now, all of that is changing.